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Location: Seattle, Washington
Type: Full Time
Required Education: High School
Internal Number: 108551571
Guided by the belief that all lives have equal value, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation staff work hard to reduce inequity. Our vision is to ensure a world where every person has an opportunity to live a healthy, productive life, therefore we strive to:
We approach these goals by applying science, innovation, collaboration, rigor, optimism, and risk-taking. Based in Seattle, the foundation has a worldwide staff of 1,500 people and is led by CEO Mark Suzman under the direction of Bill Gates, Melinda French Gates, and our board of trustees. We have offices in the United States, Europe, India, China and Africa.
Our Global Health program focuses on health conditions that commonly impact those in low and middle income. Where proven tools exist, we support sustainable ways to improve their delivery. Where they don't, we invest in research and development of new interventions, such as vaccines, drugs, biologics, and diagnostics. Our work in infectious diseases, maternal, neonatal and child health, and gender equality are supported by cross-cutting functional teams working across the R&D spectrum, including Discovery & Translational Sciences (the team this role is housed in), Vaccine Development & Surveillance, and Integrated Development.
The mission of Discovery & Translational Sciences (D&TS) is to catalyze innovation for transformative solutions to global health and development inequity. As such, the primary role of D&TS is to support the disease-specific strategy teams by building more practical (affordable, scalable, deliverable) versions of existing tools, developing new tools where none exist, and speeding the translation of scientific discovery into implementable solutions. We are uniquely positioned to invest in high-risk initiatives with potential for truly transformative advancements. Key functions include identifying and filling gaps in scientific knowledge, creating or implementing new technology, fostering of an effective ecosystem of global health innovation, and partnership to advance the foundation's mission Our areas of focus include vaccines, biologics, drugs, microbiome interventions, and reproductive and sexual health.
Our strategy of putting women and girls at the center of development underscores our equity goals. Improved reproductive health is closely linked to other critical global health equity outcomes and is a bedrock for gender equality and women's empowerment.
We are currently recruiting a Senior Program Officer (SPO) to join our Reproductive Health Technologies (RHT) team within D&TS. This team currently focuses on the critical need for innovation in sexual and reproductive health with five core priorities:
In addition to playing a role in strategy development, you will be responsible for driving and contributing to the development of a portfolio of innovative product candidates across the breadth of the portfolio. Your passion for solving problems and addressing questions relevant to our mission will contribute to our productive and collaborative culture of innovation driving the translation of basic research into practical health solutions. You will report to the Deputy Director, Reproductive Health Technologies, Discovery & Translational Sciences. The position is based out of Seattle, Washington.
Shape RHT priorities in a collaborative, creative, rigorous, data-driven, and analytical manner by:
Leadership and Culture
We believe that energized people, working well together, fueled by great leadership in an inclusive environment in which they thrive, will do phenomenal things.
Core Knowledge and Skills
Education and Experience
The ideal candidate should have an M.D., PhD, or other relevant terminal degree with deep knowledge, expertise and professional experience in microbial pathogenesis and human immunology with a focus on reproductive biology or physiology.
As part of our standard hiring process for new employees, employment will be contingent upon successful completion of a background check.
Depending upon your work location, we may require proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 and any recommended booster doses. All employees based in the United States are to provide proof of full vaccination upon hire and any recommended boosters, subject to applicable laws.
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We are dedicated to the belief that all lives have equal value. We're committed to creating a workplace where employees thrive both personally and professionally. We also believe our employees should reflect the rich diversity of the global populations we aim to serve-in race, gender, age, cultures and beliefs-and we support this diversity through all of our employment practices.
All applicants and employees who are drawn to serve our mission will enjoy equality of opportunity and fair treatment without regard to race, color, age, religion, pregnancy, sex, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and prior protected activity.